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LOOK AT YOURSELF

Uriah Heep

 

Heavy Prog

4.07 | 444 ratings

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febus
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Honorary Collaborator / In Memoriam
5 stars BACK TO THE ROOTS; AN ALL-TIME CLASSIC HARD ROCK ALBUM

I guess when it was time to go back to the studio, URIAH HEEP made its choice of going back to straight hard rock; no more orchestra and trumpets! just let's rock!

LOOK AT YOURSELF is one of the most energetic, violent ,mean album URIAH HEEP (BYRON era)would record .It sounds like the 5 members came back with a vengeance, angry at everybody (maybe the rock journalists who usually couldn't stand the band) MICK BOX and KEN HENSLEY especially play like demons who have been possessed by mad wizards (ouh-la-la; poor me)

The first 2 tracks are pure hard-rock mayhem, especially the title track with furious guitar and hammond and a screaming DAVID BYRON. Things go slower with the following track, one of their most enduring anthem: the 10mn epic JULY MORNING which is to URIAH HEEP what CHILD IN TIME is to DEEP PURPLE. This is the most ''proggish'' track of the album , one of the wonder of the HEEP catalogue, still played live by the band (or what's left) nowadays. Great guitar theme, great hammond, great vocals of course by BYRON and a moog solo from ..MANFRED MANN. A true classic.

I would give to these 3 songs that made the side 1 of the original LP 6 stars if i could; it sounds so good, still after all those years; i will never get tired to listen to these gems all my life.

Difficult to keep the same quality on -then- side 2?? not really! we still have some great music coming. Everything stays very hard rocking with ''TEARS IN MY EYES'' or ''SHADOWS OF GRIEF, then quites down with the beautiful ballad ''WHAT SHOULD BE DONE '' And for desert, we are treated to another HEEP classic , the great ''LOVE MACHINE''.

. URIAH HEEP has found its definitive sound they will carry throughout their carreer ( sadly, not always at this high level): Hard rock, yes but with a twist! A LOT of hammond, a lot of falsetto vocals, quite a few prog elements and yes ,KEN HENSLEY knew how to compose great songs with strong melodies perfectly suited for the vocal abilities of DAVID BYRON.

A must have album for any ROCK and PROG lover: as good as any best LED ZEP or DEEP PURPLE album. Nothing less!

5 STARS!

febus | 5/5 |

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